Bears sign Charles Grant, release Mark Anderson

In a move that sends a strong message they never should have released Alex Brown in the first place, the Chicago Bears have signed veteran defensive end Charles Grant, news reported first by Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

He takes the place of Mark Anderson, whose contract was terminated this afternoon by the club.

The Bears have been struggling on the defensive line to generate any pressure that isn’t created by free-agent prize Julius Peppers. Anderson had been splitting time with veteran Israel Idonije and in a new era of accountability at Halas Hall, Anderson is out the door.

Grant played two games with the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL. A first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2002, Grant was released by the Super Bowl champions in March. He spent preseason with the Miami Dolphins and then was cut loose.

It is expected that Idonije will start at left end opposite Peppers. Grant will have to learn the scheme quickly. Brown was a popular player in the locker room and a productive one on the field but the Bears did not want to pay him the $5 million salary he had due this season. Now, they’re scrambling to create some production opposite Peppers.

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